Huh?? Ukrainian Women That I Know Series – Part I
Miss Platnum (not a typo) is not actually Russian. She’s based in Germany and is Romanian. But her horn section is called Fanfar Kalashnikov. Also Romania was a Warsaw Pact nation back in the dizzay (their intelligence agency tried to kill Pope John Paul II, remember? Sigh… Cold War memories…) and most Americans don’t know Bucharest, from Bratislava, from Byelorussia from uh… Petrograd. Finally, have you been to Brighton Beach lately? What’s with all the Benzos?? Miss Platnum’s combination of Hip Hop, R&B and traditional Eastern European rhythms makes her music sound like a hip NYC Jew band signed to JDub. Now, she’s probably not Jewish (real name Ruth Maria Renner… not so Jewish) but that’s kind of telling innit? Our hipster shteiblach Jews in Manhattan may be all sophistimicated and cosmopolitan, but really, they’re not that far removed from the shtetl, eh?
So this is all a rather longwinded and kind of ridiculous introduction to an event organized by a former resident of Beit Jewlicious here in Jerusalem, Evgenia Solovyova. Evgenia is originally from Khmelnytsky, Ukraine – a city named for a Cossack leader, Bohdan Khmelnytsky, who killed buttloads of Jews between 1648-1656. We had a great time with Evgenia at Beit Jewlicious in Jerusalem and now she and her crew at Chicago Hillel are putting together what looks to be an awesome Russian Shabbaton Weekend extravaganza!
So… if you’re a Russian Jew, a Jew of Russian extraction, or you just wanna party with Former Soviet Union Gals and Guys, click on the more link below for all the details! Before you go on, I should also add that we all miss Evgenia here in Jerusalem and we know that if she’s involved, it’s gonna rock!
Russian Shabbaton 2009!
Are you a Russian Jew? Than this the biggest event of the year FOR YOU!
The 6th annual Russian Shabbaton will take place on Weekend, February 20-22, 2009.
Russian-speaking students and young professionals from ALL OVER the USA are invited to participate. The topic of this year Shabbaton is “Yesterday, today, tomorrow: our history, immigration and identity”. The weekend will include a beautiful Shabbat dinner on Friday night, discussions about our history, immigration and identity, inspirational group workshops, songs, guitars and more songs, and funniest comedy improv show. We are inviting an excellent key speaker David Shneer and other professionals to lead our workshops.
Our hotel has huge guest rooms, a state of the art fitness center and a swimming pool with hot tub. Check it out http://indianlakesresort.com/
Registration cost is $85* (Final Deadline is Sunday, February 8, 2009). Cost includes all meals and hotel accommodation. Spaces are limited. Priority is given to first-time participants. Participants must be between the ages of 18-32 years old.
Registration and payment online here: http://www.juf.org/college/shabbaton.aspx
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Hillels Around Chicago
Hillels Around Chicago
30 S. Wells, Suite 216-600 Chicago, IL
Good luck y’all!